[8/5/2016] Tomoyuki Sugano’s night cut short because of blood blister on toe

Tomoyuki Sugano left last night’s (August 5) game against the Hiroshima Carp at Mazda Stadium after four innings because of a blood blister on his left big toe. He developed a blister under the nail during his last start and the pain slowly increased.

Source: Sponichi 8/5/2016

[UPDATE 8/7 @ 1:29am]

Yoshinobu Takahashi spoke to Sugano and decided it would be best to skip his next turn in the rotation so that his problem with the blister does not get drawn out.

Source: Sponichi 8/6/2016


[8/5/2016] Luis Cruz goes 1-for-5 in Ni-gun game

Luis Cruz (left ankle) played in a Ni-gun game against the Yakult Swallows at Toda Stadium on August 5. He was the starting designated hitter and batted third. He went 1-for-5 with an RBI. With runners on first and third and two out in the seventh inning, Cruz hit a timely single to right off Kentaro Kyuko. He told reporters after the game he felt fine and was ready to join the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/5/2016


[8/5/2016] Tsuyoshi Nishioka begins rehab at Naruohama

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (left Achilles tendon) began his rehab at the Naruohama facilities on July 5. He spent about two hours working on his upper body and hamstrings.

Nishioka was using crutches to move around. It was the first time he was seen in public after he had surgery on his left Achilles tendon.

Source: Daily Sports 8/5/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/5/2016, Sports Hochi 8/5/2016


[8/5/2016] Yamaico Navarro temporarily returns to the Dominican Republic for child’s birth

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced today that Yamaico Navarro temporarily returned to the Dominican Republic to be with his expecting fiance. He is scheduled to return on August 13.

Source: Daily Sports 8/5/2016

[UPDATE 8/13 @ 10:39pm]

Navarro returned to Japan on August 13. He is expected to join the Ichi-gun team on August 14 and resume practices. His schedule will be set once Lotte has had a chance to confirm his condition (left shoulder).

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/13/2016, Sponichi 8/13/2016

[UPDATE 8/14 @ 8:30pm]

Navarro did not appear to have any difficulty taking batting or fielding practice today. The Marines are planning to ease him back. He will be with the team during their road trip to Sendai that begins on August 16.

Source: Sponichi 8/14/2016, Daily Sports 8/14/2016


[8/5/2016] Miyazaki Phoenix League 2016

The NPB released details for Miyazaki Phoenix League 2016.

The league will take place between October 3 and 24.

Participating Teams

Eastern League (seven teams)

Yomiuri Giants, Yokohama Bay Stars, Seibu Lions, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles, Nippon Ham Fighters, Yakult Swallows

Western League (five teams)

Softbank Hawks, Hiroshima Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Orix Buffaloes

Korean Baseball Organization (three teams)

Doosan Bears, LG Twins, Hanwha Eagles

Shikoku Island League plus Mixed Team



Ikime no Mori Ivy Stadium, Ikime no Mori Sports Park Stadium 2, KIRISHIMA Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki, KIRISHIMA Himuka Stadium, SOKKEN Stadium, Kiyotake Sports Park Stadium 2


Saitobaru Sports Park Stadium


Tempuku Stadium, Nango Stadium


Okuragahama Baseball Ground

The complete schedule can be found at the official NBP.

Source: NPB announcement


[8/5/2016] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for July

Central League


Kazuto Taguchi, Yomiuri (First Time)
4 G, 3-0, 23.2 IP, 1.14 ERA, 19 SO, 3 ER

Taguchi recorded his first MVP of the month. He started four games in July. He led the league in wins (tied) and ERA and did not allow more than a run in each of his four starts. He is the first left-handed Yomiuri pitcher to win the award since Toshiya Sugiuchi in March/April 2013.


Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Yokohama (Second Time)
24 G, .249 AVG, 36 H, 16 HR, 31 RBI

Tsutsugo picked up his second MVP of the Month award, first since May 2015. He led the league in home runs and RBI. His sixteen home runs tied an NPB record for Japanese players and he tied a Yokohama franchise record with thirty-one RBI. He set a new NPB record by recorded three consecutive games with two home runs.

Pacific League


Kohei Arihara, Nippon Ham (First Time)
4 G, 3-1, 30.2 IP, 1.47 ERA, 0 CG, 21 SO, 5 ER

Arihara pitched in four games in July and led the league in wins (tied). His ERA was good for third. He pitched eight shutout innings against Softbank on July 2 and Lotte on July 9 and seven shutout innings against Orix on July 22. He lost his start on July 29 against Softbank, but still played a big part in helping his team finished 17-4 in July.


Ryoichi Adachi, Orix (First Time)
22 G, .380 AVG, 30 H, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB

Adachi batted second in most of the games he played in July (twenty-one of twenty-two games) and recorded a hit in eighteen games. He led the league in batting average and hits and his on base percentage (.430) came in third. He recorded a go-ahead hit against Nippon Ham on July 12, a game-tying hit against Lotte on July 28, and a go-ahead double against Seibu on July 29.


[8/5/2016] Masahiko Morifuku earns domestic FA option

Masahiko Morifuku earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 8/5/2016


[8/4/2016] Yamaico Navarro could begin traveling with Ichi-gun team

Yamaico Navarro was taken off the active roster on July 30 with pain in his left shoulder. He was examined at a hospital on August 3 and no significant issues were discovered. He is not working out with the Ni-gun team and is currently resting at home. The Chiba Lotte Marines could have him join the Ichi-gun team during their next road trip on August 5. That would allow him to get treatment from team trainers while working his way back to the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/4/2016


[8/4/2016] Kenji Tomura has surgery to clean out elbow

The Rakuten Eagles announced on August 4 that Kenji Tomura had surgery to clean out his right elbow at a hospital in Kanagawa on August 1. It will most likely be about three months before he is able to toss another bullpen session.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/4/2016, Sponichi 8/4/2016, Daily Sports 8/4/2016


[8/4/2016] Hiromi Oka out with quadriceps strain

Hiromi Oka hurt his right leg when he ran out a double he hit in the first inning of a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at QVC Marine on August 3. He remained in the game but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the fifth because the pain was not going away.

Oka was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on August 4 and diagnosed with a strain in his right quadriceps. He will most likely require about three weeks for a full recovery. According to the Fighters’ chief trainer, he originally developed some time tightness in the area back in late-June.

Source: Daily Sports 8/4/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/4/2016, Sponichi 8/4/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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